On Tuesday, August 17th a rare two-headed loggerhead turtle was found by two University of Central Florida Turtle Lab interns. The interns were doing a nest inventory to count how many turtles hatched when one spotted a shelled anomaly. “It is rare to find a two-headed turtle but not unheard of,” stated Kate Mansfield, an assistant professor at UCF, “we see a number of developmental anomalies each year.”
The two-headed reptile was released back into the wild, described as being “alive and energetic”. Although, Mansfield tweeted that it’s life expectancy was unclear, that “others [she’s] seen haven’t made it out of the nest or lasted long. It depends on what it looks like internally.”
There is hope for our little buddy, though. Sometimes, two heads are better than one.